Small dryer

A small clothes dryer can be put down in a small space and often has no more than 6 or 7kg fill weight.
Looking to buy a new small clothes dryer? Below, we have listed the best small tumble dryers of 2022 for you. Take a quick look!

Small dryer



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The fill weight indicates the size of the drum, how many pounds of laundry fits into the dryer per cycle. It is important to buy a dryer with the right amount of fill weight, otherwise you will use unnecessary energy. This is because if you have a dryer that is too large, you tend to start the drying cycle with a half-empty drum – and that means you use more energy than necessary. On the other hand, if you choose a dryer that is too small, you will have to use it more often, which also uses a lot of energy.

This is why we recommend getting a dryer with (roughly) the same fill weight as your washing machine – or consider the size of your household. For a household of 1 or 2 people, we’d recommend a dryer with a 6kg or 7kg fill weight. These will be the smallest dryers you can find. Does your household count 3 or 4 people? Then we recommend that you look at dryers with 8kg fill weights. And for a family of 5 or more, we recommend at least 9 kg.

Best small tumble dryer of 2024

The majority of tumble dryers have a fill weight of 8 kg, so it can be difficult to find a small tumble dryer that weighs only 6 or 7 kg. To get you started, we’ve put together the following list. Below are our top 5 small tumble dryers of 2024. In making this selection, we’ve looked at things like energy rating, different drying programmes and noise level. Which of these dryers will you be using to dry your clothes soon?

Pick up the Whirlpool WGD4815EW, available in a classic white color. This top load matching gas drier can handle up to 5.9 cu. ft. of laundry in every cycle so you can do more laundry at once. It weighs a measly 109 lbs., and measures 26 inches deep, 43 inches high, and 29 inches wide so it can fit in many smaller laundry rooms with different kinds of configurations. The reversible metal door gives you even more flexibility in placement. The powder-coated steel drum resists corrosion and rusting so your drier can serve your family for years and years. Because it has interior lighting, it is easy to see inside your drier and makes loading and unloading more convenient. Be alerted when the cycle is complete with the adjustable end of cycle signal. The exhaust vent is located at the rear. This vented drier boasts a total of 15 dry cycles under Auto Dry, Air Fluff, Timed Dry and Wrinkle Shield. It has 4 temperature settings so you can choose the appropriate heat for different fabric types. This machine features 4 drying level selections including energy preferred (auto dry), damp, less dry and very dr. The AutoDry™ Drying System helps prevent over drying by monitoring the moisture content and automatically stopping the cycle when it hits the right level. The Wrinkle Shield™ Option protects from creases and wrinkles setting in by continuing to tumble the laundry every five minutes after the cycle is complete for up to 140 minutes or until you open the dryer door. Dry clothes without heat with Air Fluff to for your most gentle fabrics and to avoid creases and wrinkles from setting in. This drier is the perfect drier for your family, it’s simple and gets the job done. The Whirlpool WGD4815EW comes with a power cord.
Let’s talk about the Amana NGD4655EW. This no-nonsense gas drier is priced at an attractive cost while giving you the features you need in a dependable drier. This top load matching drier has a total maximum capacity set at 6.5 cu. ft. allowing you to do more laundry in less loads. It weighs a measly 113 lbs. and is compactly cased in a white body measuring 28.25 inches deep, 42 inches high and 29 inches wide, so you can fit it in most smaller laundry spaces. The reversible metal door gives you more flexibility in placement along with a venting capability of up to 64 ft. The steel drum is powder coated so it is not only durable and resists rust and corrosion but also protects clothes from snagging. The controls are simple and easy to understand featuring rotary dials. The lint filter is top mounted for easy access and cleaning. This machine boasts a total of 11 dry cycles to handle all your fabric needs. It features great Amana features like Automatic Dryness Control which uses a temperature sensor to assess the load at the end of the cycle in order to prevent over drying. Timed Dry allows you to set how long you want the drier to run so you can give each garment the right kind of dry. The Wrinkle Prevent Option helps you keep clothes wrinkle free even when you can’t take the load out of the drier right away by continuing to tumble clothes intermittently without heat in order to prevent wrinkles from setting in. You can choose from 3 different temperature settings for the best drying heat level depending on the fabrics included in your load. Air Dry allows you to dry clothes without heat so you can use it on your most delicate fabrics. The Amana NGD4655EW comes with a power cord.
If you are tired of over expensive dryers with all the bells and whistles that you don’t really need, the Amana NED4655EW might be the right dryer for you. This electric dryer has a timeless look encased in a classic while color. With a maximum capacity of 6.5 cu. ft., it is big enough to fit a family’s daily laundry load and even the regular washing of bulkier items like beddings. Weighing 120 lbs., and measuring 27.75 inches deep, 44 inches high, and 29 inches wide, it would look great sitting next to its matching washer, Amana NTW4635EW (sold separately). The vent exhaust is in the rear and allows for up to 64 ft. of venting, so you can place it comfortably anywhere in the laundry room. It has a side swing metal door that is also reversible, for extra flexibility in placement. It features a rotary dial control in the rear for intuitive controls. The drum is powder coated for increased durability and easy maintenance. This electric dryer features 11 separate dry cycles and 3 temperature settings that can handle any type of fabric and material. Air Dry allows you to dry clothes without heat, for those extra delicate textiles, while Automatic Dry intuitively chooses the right amount of time to dry garments depending on the type of material. The Wrinkle Prevent option is a must-have when you can’t take out the laundry and fold right away, as it prevents creases from setting in your garments, letting you skip another chore: ironing. It tumbles clothes intermittently without heat to help prevent wrinkles and crinkles from settling in. Amana’s Automatic Dryness Control feature lets you save energy by using temperature sensors to end the cycle at the right time and to help prevent over drying of your favorite garments. The Amana NED4635EW does not come with accessories. Electric cord and vent kit are sold separately and are not included.

What to look out for when buying a small dryer?

The fill weight of a dryer is oh-so-important, but there are of course many other things to consider when buying a new one. There are several different types of dryers, including airflow dryers, condenser dryers and heat pump dryers. Good to know: the airflow dryer has the highest energy consumption, while the heat pump dryer has the lowest. The moisture that is extracted from your laundry by the dryer has to go somewhere, of course. Airflow dryers discharge it through a hose, a window or a special hole in the wall. With a condenser dryer, you usually have a choice between the water outlet and a condensate drip pan. The condensate tray (or tank) must be manually emptied once in a while.

Energy Rating

Earlier we explained that the type of dryer has a big impact on energy consumption. But there can still be a difference between two heat pump dryers. If you like to dry sparingly, choose an A+++ heat pump dryer. An energy-efficient dryer is often more expensive, but because it uses so little energy it is often the most economical choice.

Special drying programmes

Like a washing machine, the dryer has different programmes for different types of laundry. These include cotton, wool, silk, shirts, towels and synthetics. Some tumble dryers also have special anti-crease programmes.

Ease the use

Modern tumble dryers now have a range of features to make washing and drying as easy and enjoyable as possible for the user. These include delayed start, operation via an app, child lock, a self-cleaning condenser, drum illumination and automatic switch-off.

Build quality

Not every dryer is made with top design and the strongest materials. The build quality of a dryer tells you how well it performs and how long it will last. However, not all brands and suppliers are as transparent about the build quality of their products. For an indication, look at the prices and brands. An expensive A-brand dryer is not necessarily better, but it can be a sign that it’s made with good materials. The following brands are known for delivering quality when it comes to tumble dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. Are you looking for good value for money? Then check out the Beko, Indesit and Zanussi dryers.

Befits and drawbacks of a small washer dryer

There are several reasons why a small washer dryer may or may not be a good idea for you and your household. For those who are still unsure, we’ve listed all the pros and cons of buying a small clothes dryer for you! Hopefully, it will help you make a decision.

Advantages of a small clothes dryer

  • If you are a single or two person, 7 kg is the perfect size for a clothes dryer.
  • A small clothes dryer is easier to place on top of a washing machine because of its size. There is little chance of this causing any problems.
  • The energy consumption of a small clothes dryer is less than that of a large one. This is good for the environment, but it also keeps your energy bills low.
  • You can’t just put all your clothes in the dryer. By choosing a small dryer, you reduce the chance of drying with a half-empty drum.

Disadvantages of a small clothes dryer

  • For a single or couple, 6 or 7 kg is perfect, as long as you only wash a few times a week. If you wash more often – for example, because of allergies or sports – a larger clothes dryer may be better. That way, you won’t have to switch on your dryer as often, which will reduce your energy consumption.
  • Getting a new flatmate or expanding your family? If so, a 7kg tumble dryer will quickly become too small. If you expect to share your dryer with more people in the near future, you may want to consider getting a larger one.
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